Windows 10: Small taskbar icons and Cortana search


  1. Posts : 73
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
       03 Mar 2018 #1

    Small taskbar icons and Cortana search


    Hey guys :)

    Have a question!

    When using “small taskbar icons” is their a way to show the cortana search bar?

    Thanks, greatly appreciated!
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  2.    03 Mar 2018 #2

    stevie said: View Post
    Hey guys :)

    Have a question!

    When using “small taskbar icons” is their a way to show the cortana search bar?

    Thanks, greatly appreciated!
    Hmmm..., good question; I wouldn't have a clue though,
    but, the option disappears when you use small icons!

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  3. Posts : 73
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Mar 2018 #3

    Thanks for the reply but ya it’s not available when using small icons. I’m sure theirs a registry hack but can’t figure it out
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  4. Posts : 7,401
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       03 Mar 2018 #4

    stevie said: View Post
    When using “small taskbar icons” is their a way to show the cortana search bar?
    stevie said: View Post
    ...it’s not available when using small icons....
    Genuine question: I'm wondering why you want the search box permanently displayed?

    It doesn't actually have any advantage I can see, you're not saving on mouse clicks or making it quicker to use. You have to click in the Search box to switch focus to it before you type into it, but a click on the Cortana icon opens the Search box just above the taskbar and set the focus on it. I can't see any practical difference in use.
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  5. Posts : 73
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Mar 2018 #5

    I guess it’s just a preference. I don’t like just the icon and i got used to having the search Cortana box. I’m sure theirs a way, plus with small icons the search box would actually look good and not cluttered.. thanks for the reply hopefully we can find a way :)
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  6.    03 Mar 2018 #6

    Might be an overlay too and nothing to do with the Taskbar;
    if you unlock the taskbar and move it to the side or top you lose the search box also.
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  7. Posts : 73
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Mar 2018 #7

    What do you suggest? I thought maybe it was disabled by default with small icons and can easily be enabled. Thanks for the reply
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  • Posts : 5,158
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       03 Mar 2018 #8

    Brink has a tutorial in which it mentions the followings ..........................
    The search box will only display on the main display.
    The taskbar must be on the bottom of the main display to have the Show search box item in the context menu. If you move the taskbar to the top or sides of the main display, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
    If you set to use small taskbar buttons, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
    If the screen resolution of your main display is set below 1024 x 768, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
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  •    03 Mar 2018 #9

    stevie said: View Post
    What do you suggest? I thought maybe it was disabled by default with small icons and can easily be enabled. Thanks for the reply
    What do I suggest?

    I suggest you hit the WinKey and start typing..., forget the icon and search box altogether!
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  • Posts : 73
    Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Mar 2018 #10

    Ok so then theirs no way lol
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